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TUCSON, Ariz. Pima County Sheriff's deputies say they have identified a body that was found inside a burning car in a northwest Tucson neighborhood.

Sheriff's spokesman deputy Tom Peine (Py-NAH) says the body was that of 54-year-old Anthony Walker Patrick Basher. He was from California but Peine did not provide a hometown.

Peine says the man was a friend of the owner of the burned out vehicle.

Deputies were called to the neighborhood the evening of Nov. 9 and found the burning Mercedes-Benz sedan. Fire crews discovered the body after putting out the flames.

The cause of Basher's death and the fire are not yet known.

Peine says the investigation is ongoing.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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